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WorldFestival Startup Awards


The WorldFestival 2022 Startup Awards is the world’s largest startup awards event (Virtual & Live in San Francisco) identifying and recognizing global innovation, with 30,000+ members voting on 5,000+ startups, companies, and new technologies.

Winners are chosen based on 3 factors:

  • Qualifier Round – Anyone can vote, 1 point per vote, and leaderboard rankings are live and public
  • Final Round – Qualified committee members vote with online ballots, 1 point per vote, and ballot points are not added until the end of the round
  • Benchmark points, including: funding raised, news and media coverage, etc

View Last Year’s
Award Nominees

Who is Judging?

WorldFestival organizes thousands of judges on the Judging Committees for the WorldFestival Startup Awards, including Venture Capitalists, Angel investors, Corporate Executives, Tech Media & Press, and leading speakers. Our past startup competitions have hosted judges from NEA, Index Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Greylock Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and more. View last year’s Judging Committees

How to nominate your innovation:

The WorldFestival Startup Awards recognize the top 5,000+ startups and in the world this year. If you do not qualify for the WorldFestival Startup Awards, you can apply for the WorldFestival Innovation Awards.

Nominate your STARTUP


Startup Awards
  • Startup Award nominees must have raised less than $10 million in funding (or have less than $10 million in revenues), have fewer than 30 employees, and be less than 10 years old.
  • Your startup or technology must be launched (not stealth), must have traction (customers and/or funding), must be a technology product/solution, and must have a clearly communicated customer value proposition.
  • Startups must be nominated by DATE.
Innovation Awards (Companies/Organizations)
  • Innovation Award nominees must have a technology or product/solution, ust have at least $10 million in funding (or at least $10 million in revenues), and have more than 30 employees.
  • Your technology must be launched (not stealth), must have traction (customers), must be a technology product/solution, and must have a clearly communicated customer value proposition.
  • Innovations must be nominated by DATE.


3D Printing & Manufacturing

3D Printing & Manufacturing includes 3D printing software and machinery, 3D design and fabrication techniques, general manufacturing machinery innovation, and product distribution supply chains.

Advertising, Sales, Marketing

Digital advertising, customer intelligence, social media marketing, sales management software, sales analytics & optimization

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning innovation includes ML frameworks and libraries, neural networks, deep learning, data science technologies, algorithms, AI cloud services, AI management software, AI for security, as well as natural language processing and chatbots.

Blockchain & Cryptocurrency

Blockchain & Cryptocurrency innovation includes technology applications for bitcoin, ethereum, blockchain protocols, cryptocurrency payment processing and marketplaces, blockchain solutions for business / industry, decentralized ledgers / finances, and new decentralized application platforms.

Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing innovation includes containers and kubernetes, cloud architecture, DevOps management, microservices & serverless architectures, and cloud native vs. hybrd cloud technologies.

Dev Innovation

Dev Innovation includes: APIs, developer tools and technologies, programming languages and frameworks, cloud development services, code collaboration and management, bug tracking and code security.

Education & Career

Education & Career innovation includes digital & mobile education applications, course and education management, artificial intelligence & adaptive learning, career and training management, and professional development technologies.

Entertainment, Media

Entertainment & Media innovation includes web and mobile entertainment applications, audio / video media technologies, social media applications, and streaming media technologies.

Environment, Clean & Green Tech

Environment & energy innovation includes solar and alternative energy technologies, smart grid solutions, clean tech, csensors / connected environments, and environmental management solutions.

Family, Lifestyle, Social

Family, Lifestyle, Social innovation includes any consumer tech products, for example: web and mobile family service applications, family communication and media technologies, and travel technologies including web and mobile travel applications, travel management, and travel social networks / review sites.

Finance & Analytics

Finance & Analytics innovation includes financial management software, business analytics software, payment processing technologies, investment software, and financial marketplaces & trading technologies.

Gaming, VR & AR

Gaming, VR & AR includes new computer games, video games, mobile games, emerging gaming consoles and systems, game development technologies, as well as virtual reality / augmented reality hardware, software, and games.

Health, Wellness & Fitness

Health, Wellness & Fitness innovation includes personal health web and mobile applicaitons, doctor and patient communication, medical records management, holistic wellness web and mobile apps, and wellness practice management.

Mobile, IoT, Devices

Mobile, 5G, Communications innovation includes new mobile devices, smart phone software and hardware, mobile application development technologies and languages, 5G software and hardware, and communications technologies.

Productivity, Management, HR

Productivity, Management, HR innovation includes project management, HR workflow & optimization, team communication & collaboration, and hiring / recruiting technologies.

Retail & Ecommerce

Retail & Ecommerce innovation includes web & mobile shopping, ecommerce technologies, connected retail software and hardware, digital fashion shopping & technologies, and customer intelligence / predictive analytics.

Robotics & Drones

Robotics & Drones innovation includes household / consumer robotics, industrial robotics, robotics design and development, as well as quadcopter innovation and industrial drone hardware and software.

Smart Cars, Automotive & Vehicles

Smart Cars, Automotive & Vehicles innovation includes the newest cars and road vehicles, smart car software and technologies, connected car web and mobile apps, self-driving car technologies, and artificial intelligence for automobiles.


Startup Awards Nominations Open

June 3, 2022
Online voting begins. Contact us here when you are ready to invite your community to vote, and we will provide you the instructions

July 11, 2022
Committee Voting Begins

July 18, 2022
Crowd Voting Ends

July 18, 2022
Committee Voting Ends

July 22, 2022
Notify Top 50 Startups

August 3-4, 2022
Top 50 Startups demo live (oniine) @ WorldFestival 2022 Conference & Expo (Virtual & Global)

August 10, 2022
Top 50 Startupsdemo live @ WorldFestival 2022 Awards Event (Live in San Francisco, CA)

2021 Judging Committee

Dr. Andreas Berger

Managing Director
Wintershall Dea Technology Ventures

Sharon Bort

Senior Officer, Sustainability
MIT Solve

Brad Bosserman

Head of Corporate & Brand Partnerships

Clair Byrd

Partner, Marketing
Wing Venture Capital

William Chernicoff, PhD

Senior Manager – Global Research & Innovation

Sana Fathima

Investment Manager
Lockheed Martin Ventures

Takeo Ishizaki

President & CEO

Adam Jendrisak

Associate Portfolio Manager
Capital Innovators

Jacqueline Krain

Innovation Advisory – Head of the Americas
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Veronika Kuznetsova, CFA

Director, Innovation & Strategy
UBS Evolve

J.J. Malfettone

Director, Strategy

Andy Netzel

VP Innovation lab

Justin Padinske

Head of Partnerships
Alchemist Accelerator

Hanna Phan

Head of Innovation Culture & Communication Strategy

Josemaria Siota

Corporate Venturing Expert & Executive Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center
World Economic Forum & IESE Business School

Claire Uhar

Director, Strategic Partnerships

Sera Unlu

Global Marketing Executive

Rani Yadav-Ranjan

Global Head AI Technology & Innovation